Getting to know Matt Williams

Getting to know Matt Williams
October 25, 2013, 11:15 am
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No surprise for Nats and Matt Williams

Former San Francisco Giants' third baseman Matt Williams throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Giants' game against the Milwaukee Brewers in San Francisco, Tuesday April 13, 2004. Williams retired last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

There was a time Matt Williams was one of the bigger names in baseball, an All-Star third baseman playing in San Francisco, Cleveland and Arizona. Time has passed since those days, so here is a crash course on the man reported to be the Washington Nationals next manager.

  • Matt Williams, 47, is a native of Nevada and he played college baseball at UNLV.
  • The San Francisco Giants drafted Williams No. 3 overall of the 1986 amateur draft.
  • Williams makes his Major League debut on April 11, 1987 for the Giants.
  • Williams played for the Giants in the 1989 World Series, forever remembered by the tragic earthquake that struck before Game 3.
  • In 1990, Williams took the NL RBI title by bringing in 122 runs. 
  • In 1994, Williams claimed the NL home run total with 43 dingers.
  • In 10 seasons with the Giants, Williams made the All-Star team four times. He also won three Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
  • Playing one year in the American League with the Cleveland Indians in 1997, Williams hit 32 home runs and was awarded the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.
  • Williams played for the Indians in the 1997 World Series, which the team lost to the Florida Marlins.
  • Williams played the final six years of his 17-year career in Arizona, making the All-Star team in 1999 and finishing third in NL MVP voting.
  • After losing twice in the World Series, Williams finally got a championship ring in 2001 when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees.
  • For his career, Williams was a .268 hitter who averaged 33 home runs and 106 RBI per season.
  • After his playing career, Williams transitioned to coaching.
  • Prior to his arrival in Washington, Williams was the third base coach for the Diamondbacks.